Insomnia - The Effects, Symptoms and Treatment

Insomnia - The Effects, Symptoms and Treatment


Do you lay awake at night looking at the ceiling more than you do sleeping? You are not alone as millions of other people are experiencing the same thing all across the world. They wake up in the middle of the night, can't fall back to sleep and rise before dawn.

Forms Of Insomnia

Insomnia comes in many forms, not just in the form of sleeplessness:

•Difficulty falling asleep

•Having problems staying asleep after falling asleep. Waking up many times

•during the night.

•Waking up to early.

•Not feeling refreshed after waking up.

The Symptoms Of Insomnia

Insomnia can have a serious effect on a persons daily life style. Some symptoms of insomnia can include the following:

•Feeling sleepy during the day

•Having poor and slow judgment

•Unable to pay attention to detail

•Inability to remember things - even things that happened within minutes of your forgetting.

•Easily irrated by minor things

Types Of Insomnia

•Transient Insomnia - a temporary effect that last just a few days.

•Short-Term Insomnia - lasts for about two to four weeks.

•Chronic Insomnia - lasts for a month or longer.

Causes Of Insomnia

•There are many causes for insomnia. Below are some of the common reason people suffer from insomnia.

•Stress - There are many stress management aides available to assist you in reducing your stress.

•Sleeping environment noise

•Extreme temperatures - to hot or to cold

•Changes in your surrounding environment

•Worried about not being able to sleep

•Excessive napping during the day time

•To much caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol before bedtime. Smoking contributes to alot of health related problems and you should try to quit smoking.

Tips For Getting A Good Nights Sleep

Following some of the helpful guidelines below can help you get a better nights sleep:

Set A Schedule

Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. This will help your body get used to a sleeping pattern. "Sleeping in" on the weekends can cause insomnia because it is interrupting your sleep cycle that your body is used to.

Get Some Excercise

Try to get 20 to 30 minutes of excercise no sooner than 6 hours before bedtime, any exercise just before bed may cause you not to sleep that well.

Avoid Caffeine, Nicotine, and Alcohol

Avoid things that contain any caffeine such as coffee, soda pop, teas, and candy. Smokers usually sleep very lightly at night and will wake up at the slightest noise, sometimes not being able to fall back asleep. The same goes for people that drink alcohol just before going to bed.

Do Something Relaxing Before Going To Bed

Doing something that relaxes you before bed is good such as a warm bath, reading a book, or watching your favorite TV show.

Do Not Over Sleep

Be sure to wake up and get out of bed at your normal time frame. Sleeping more hours than you are used to will throw off your sleep cycle and cause sleeping problems. It may cause you to not be tired at night and then go to bed later, thus resulting in sleeping in even later the next morning.

•Control Your Room Temperature

Extreme cold or warmth can cause you to sleep poorly. Be sure to maintain a comfortable room temperature that won't aggravate you during the night. If you have a waterbed be sure to set the water temperature at a comfortable temperature as well.

When It Is Time To See A Doctor

If your sleeping problem persists for more than one month then it may be time to visit your family doctor. Your doctor will be able to give you advice for your particular needs and can prescribe stronger sleeping aides that are not available over the counter.